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M.Phil. in Chinese Studies 哲学硕士/研究生学位

Designed for those with a global mindset, this intensive taught Master's degree in Chinese Studies offers a unique opportunity for you to engage deeply and critically with China today, and provides a solid and rigorous grounding for your career aspirations. Delivered by expert faculty as well as regular guest speakers from business and industry, this programme will develop the skills necessary to succeed in an international environment. It is available as a one-year, full-time programme or a two-year, part-time programme.


  • The programme involves six taught modules (three core, three elective) and a research project. Full-time students take three modules over two terms; the research project is prepared during the third term. Part-time students take three modules each year over two years.
  • Modules are assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments.
  • In your dissertation project, you will showcase the knowledge you have gained in Chinese Studies by undertaking primary research in a particular area.
  • A wide range of optional Mandarin language classes and support, catering for all students from complete beginners to advanced learners.
  • Weekly lunchtime Mandarin conversation group and reading group.
  • Active community of professionals, practitioners and researchers, with many China-focused extramural events running throughout the year.
  • In-country or in-culture experience available through the Experience China module, delivering a four-week internship in a Chinese or China-related organisation in a Chinese-speaking country, in Europe or in Ireland.

Key Dates & Application Process

  • Offers are issued on a rolling basis, so it is important to apply early. The deadline is 31st of the intended year of entry.”Late applications may be considered on request, please email
  • The M.Phil. Course Coordinator and our admissions team ( are available to help you with any aspect of the application process. Please email to request a call-back.
  • You will be asked to supply the following information during your online application:
    • Details of your undergraduate degree (min. 2.1 result or international equivalent).
    • Proficiency level in English for non-native speakers who have not studied through English at undergraduate level.
    • Two academic references, or one academic and one professional reference for applicants from a professional background.
  • An  induction course for all incoming M.Phil. students will be held prior to the course start date.
  • Teaching lasts for 12 weeks in two terms, Michaelmas term and Hilary term. The first teaching term, Michaelmas term, begins in September. The academic year runs from September to  the end of August. The dissertation deadline is the 31st of August each year.
  • Teaching in Michaelmas term will start in early September and finish in late November, with study week running in October. Teaching in Hilary term will start in mid-January and finish in mid April, with study week falling in March.

Programme Handbook

The Programme Handbook provides a practical information about the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies, including module descriptions, dissertation and university regulations.

M.Phil. in Chinese Studies programme handbook 2023-24 (PDF)


Timetable for the 2023/24 Academic Year


There are multiple scholarship opportunities available to students in Chinese Studies. For more information please see following link